How To Thread A Needle On A Brother Sewing Machine

Steps To Thread a Needle on a Brother Sewing Machine

Threading a needle on a Brother sewing machine allows you to begin your project quickly and correctly. It is a simple task, but if done incorrectly can lead to snagged fabric and thread breaks. With the right steps and preparation, you can thread your sewing machine like a pro and be ready to begin your project

Changing the Thread

Before threading the new needle, you must first prepare the sewing machine for the new thread. Begin by raising the presser foot, located on the side of the sewing machine. This stops the bobbin from spinning. Locate the thread spool on the top of the machine and gently push the spool holder down, freeing the thread and allowing you to cut the old thread.

Threading the Bobbin

Turn the hand wheel on the side of the machine by hand until the needle is at its highest point, then lift the needle plate. This gives you access to the bobbin case. Place the bobbin into the casing, making sure the thread is flowing in the correct direction, typically against the arrow on the bobbin casing. Pass the thread through the thread guide located above the bobbin, then continue threading the bobbin by following the arrows on the casing and pulling the thread towards you. Wrap the thread once around the bobbin and cut the end of the thread. Replace the needle plate and check that the bobbin case is seated correctly.

Threading the Needle

Now that the bobbin thread is in place, it is time to begin threading the needle. Start by raising the needle to its highest point and then remove the spool holder, located on the top of the machine. Position the spool holder with the spool of thread on the top of the machine and ensure the thread is wrapped around the holder correctly. Then, pass the thread through the thread guide, usually a small loop below the spool holder. You will then see the thread pass down towards the left of the needle, although the exact path may vary depending on the model.

Pulling Thread Through Looper

The looper is located on the left-hand side of the needle. To pull the thread through, hold the end of the thread in your left hand, allowing the needle to move up and down freely. Locate the small loop on the looper, then lower the needle and loop the thread from left to right through the loop. Pull the thread up and to the back of the machine, taking care not to pull too tightly. This will leave a small loop at the back of the machine, ready for the bobbin thread.

Drawing Up The Bobbin Thread

To draw the bobbin thread up, hold the needle thread in your right hand and use your left hand to grab the bobbin thread. Turn the hand wheel in a counter-clockwise direction until the needle has moved down and picked up the bobbin thread. Continue turning the hand wheel onto the left until you see both threads appear on the surface of the fabric. Pull on the needle thread to bring both threads up and slightly to the left. Cut the threads, leaving a few inches of extra length for seam allowance. You are now ready to start sewing.

Things To Consider When Changing A Needle

When changing the needle in your Brother Sewing machine, there are a few points to bear in mind. Firstly, be sure the needle is compatible with the make and model of your sewing machine. If necessary, consult the user guide to find the correct size, type and length of needle for your machine. Secondly, after each use be sure to check the needle for any nicks, burrs or other damage, as damaged needles can cause skipped stitches or even fabric damage.

How To Choose A Needle For Your Brother Sewing Machine

Choosing the right needle for your Brother sewing machine can seem like a daunting task with so many variations available, from size and type to material and coating. The “Standard” needle is the most popular and most suitable for most sewing projects. The needle must always match the fabric weight being used, lighter fabrics require a lighter Univeral needle, while heavier fabrics require a heavy-duty needle. If finishing seams with a double-stitch, then a Twin Needle is recommended as this will produce two rows of stitching in one pass.

Troubleshooting Needle Threading Issues

There may be times, despite following the instructions perfectly, that your thread won’t pass through the needle. The cause of this issue is often something as simple as lint build up in the area. A quick, but gentle, clean of this area should resolve the issue. You may also find that your thread is breaking, in this case stop and check every stage of the threading, from the tension to the bobbin being loaded correctly. If troubleshooting doesn’t help, it may be time to replace the thread.

How To Store Spare Needles

Storing spare needles correctly is important. Obtain a clear container for storing needles, one that clearly displays all the needles in one place. Mark the size of the needle on the container lid and insert a corresponding needle into each section. Choose a container that also has a secure lid so that you prevents needles from falling out, as well as preventing others from using the needles. Once it is properly labelled and stored, you know where to find a spare needle when you need one.

Safety Tips

Safety is a key component when working with your Brother Sewing machine. Ensure long hair and loose fitting clothing are tied back to prevent them getting caught in the needles or footer. Be sure to turn the machine off after each use and unplug the machine when not in use and cleaning it. Remember to check the needles and bobbin periodically and always store them correctly in a safe place.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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